20 November 2009

$500 million dollars a day

Just something to think about... the next time you have to spend 6 or 7 hours sitting waiting in your local hospital emergency room.



Blame Crash said...

We need to spend more on health care, don't we?

But the business community doesn't want higher taxes to pay for it, plus they don’t want the added competition for people’s money that the increase in health care spending would undoubtedly create.

Then we have your typical “average Joe”. He hardly ever gets sick. He doesn’t want his taxes going up to pay for all the sicko’s either. At least, up until the day every thing changes and he finds himself on a waiting list or worst yet, on a gurney in the hallway.

Now, about all those Canadians out there who secretly have private health care insurance, usually in the U.S. but also worldwide. I’m guessing that they wouldn’t be to keen on paying higher taxes either.

The point is, the way our system is set up, we have a political competition between different groups in our society. When everyone “pays”, everyone also gets a “say”.
And that in a nut shell, is the major problem with our health care. Supply and demand are competing against political forces.

The result of that competition is rationed health care, wait lists and wait times. That is the price we pay for buying into the “free health care” narrative.

Neo Conservative said...

"blame crash says... the price we pay for buying into the 'free health care'”

you have cancer and you have to wait months just to see the oncologist... that's no small price.

but hey, don't worry... dalton mcslippery has a plan.